About Reality Therapy
Reality Therapy (RT) is principally a method of counselling, based on Choice Theory(CT), that is highly focused, interactive and applicable to almost every area where counselling or psychotherapy is practiced. Additionally, the practical skills, ideas and approaches of Reality Therapy have also been successfully applied to many other areas, including coaching, mentoring, managing, teaching, supervising, relationships and self development (most notably in the areas of stress management, anger management and self esteem programmes).
The core of Reality Therapy is the idea that regardless of what has 'happened' to us, what we may have done, or how our needs may have been unmet or violated in the past, to be happy and effective we must live and plan in the present. It enables people to clarify how they can best fulfil their needs; to evaluate their own behaviours and make more effective and need satisfying choices, both now and in the future and, importantly, without infringing the needs of others.
Due to the emphasis of "Choice Theory in the practice of Reality Therapy" and how the ideas / concepts are so readily absorbed by clients, the teaching of 'Choice Theory' to the clients is now regarded as an essential part of Reality Therapy. Thus, clients are helped to meet their needs more effectively.
It has been said that Choice Theory is the tracks, and Reality Therapy is the train
The practice of Reality Therapy is an ongoing process consisting of two major components -
1. Creating a trusting environment / relationship
2. Using procedures and techniques that enable the person / client to create positive change. The procedures that we teach in our workshops are those developed by Dr. Bob Wubbolding (ex-Director Of Training for the William Glasser Institute) and referred to as the 'WDEP system'. This has proven to be not only an excellent 'teaching tool' but also something that can be taught to clients as an aid to self-development as well as personal problem solving.
The ideas of CT and RT are practiced worldwide, and there are CT/RT Associations in numerous countries such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Iran, Kuwait, Japan, Ireland, Singapore, Columbia, South Africa, Croatia, Slovenia, Malta, and South Korea, as well as in the United States and here in the UK. The 'International Journal For Reality Therapy' publishes papers written by practitioners and academics on all aspects Choice Theory, Reality Therapy and Lead Management.